July 2015

Design Directory

With a limited edition cover by Philippe Parreno and M/M (Paris)

THE W* HOUSE

We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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'ZigZag' Bookcase

Konstantin Grcic / Driade
£4,640

Back in 1996, Konstantin Grcic created a zigzag-shaped structural shelving unit for Driade. Now, almost 20 years later, the range has been updated and relaunched in a palette of new colours for the metal work (black, white, bronze and polished stainless steel) complemented by two kinds of wooden shelves in oak and American walnut. The simple modular shelf design can also be accessorised with clip-on bookends in matching colours. Available in two heights, the bookcase can be assembled without the aid of any tools.

www.driade.com

'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska
€1200

A clever solution for storage, Polish designer Natalia Wieteska's sideboard is an exercise in precision and perspective. Combining exquisite craftsmanship with extreme geometry, the piece's construction gives lightness to a monolithic block of wood, available in a variety of finishes.

www.enwi.com.pl

'Stackable Desk' accessories

Epiforma
Price on request

Multidisciplinary practice Epiforma was established in Portugal early this year. Its design MO is geometric shapes rendered in bold colours, a simple visual language that's both eye-catching and minimal. The stackable desk accessories - a clock, container and magnetic cube - are made of black granite, natural wood and lacquered wood, a desktop tribute to the Memphis Group.

epiforma.com

'Hi-Lo' shelves

Moving Mountains
Price on request

Humorous as well as rigorous, the 'Hi-Lo' shelves by designer Syrette Lew, operating from Brooklyn under the studio name Moving Mountains, contrast marble with plywood. A freestanding sculpture in the shape of a staircase, it is lined in bold blue, which adds a playful visual effect.

mvngmtns.com

‘Ply’ socket

Christoph Friedrich Wagner
Price on request

We are intrigued by young German designer Wagner’s use of plywood, bringing a new aesthetic to lighting, furniture and small objects. His multiple socket, with a textile cord in a choice of colours, stands out as a simple update of a humble essential.

www.christophfriedrichwagner.com

‘Pantographe’ lamp

Michele De Lucchi / Hermès
£6,175

Tasked with turning the Hermès philosophy into a lighting collection, Italian architect Michele De Lucchi spent three years on the brand’s first lights. The ‘Pantographe’ is inspired by a draughtsman’s instrument, a poetic balancing act of leather and steel.

www.hermes.com

‘Tubo’ desk and chair

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin / TOG
Prices on request

One for our dream study, this fresh-looking desk and chair set features a combination of marble and plastic set onto steel frames. It was created by the design duo behind Industrial Facility for TOG, a promising brand that debuted at Salone del Mobile this year. Hailing from Brazil, TOG (subtitled ‘All Creators Together’) presents itself as a platform for dialogue between designers, creators and customers. Its collections are kept simple, with humorous touches and ample scope for customisation.

www.togallcreatorstogether.com

‘Neat’ desk organisers

Johan van Hengel
Prices on request

Rotterdam-based designer Johan van Hengel is behind a small yet perfectly formed selection of furniture and accessories that combine essential lines with a somewhat nostalgic aesthetic. With our penchant for rigour in the workspace, we were immediately attracted to his aptly named ‘Neat’ wooden trays, with metal edges of varying heights and colours. These not only partition a desktop (handy when you’re working in a communal space) but also hold stationery close to hand and, if necessary, slightly hide items or screen from view.

www.johanvanhengel.com

'Earthquake 5.9' bookcase

Patricia Urquiola / Budri
€4,100

In May 2012, when an earthquake struck the Emilia region of Spain, stone company Budri’s marble and onyx slabs were shattered into hundreds of pieces. In an effort to turn catastrophe into triumph, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has fashioned the stone fragments into a line of angular pieces of furniture including this irregular, hexagonal bookcase.

www.budri.com

'Ernest' desk

Borja Garcia Studio / Punt
£1,200

With its simple, straightforward oak or walnut construction, the 'Ernest' desk by Valencia brand Punt brings warmth and order to the office. Although traditional in appearance, Ernest is designed for the digital age, providing cable management through a channel in its back leg and storage for digital devices beneath its desktop.

www.puntmobles.com

'Fold' shelf

Nendo / Conde House
€4,400

Constructed by the skilled craftsmen at Asahikawa-based furniture brand Conde House, Nendo's 'Fold' shelving is made up of seamlessly interlocking wooden boards. The zig-zagging design provides ample storage space that can be accessed from both back and front, making it suitable for use as a room divider as well as well as a shelving unit.

www.condehouse.com

'Balotaro' bookends

Luis Arrivillaga / Luis Arrivillaga
Prototype

This charming bookend comes from the mind of Guatemalan designer, Luis Arrivillaga. Eschewing the usual two-strong pairing, Arrivillaga's bookends come as a trio and also serve as desktop storage. Each wood and cast-iron form comes with hidden compartments where paper clips, erasers and other odds and ends can be concealed from view.

www.luisarrivillaga.com